We print excerpts from an article written in Der Spiegel by Gabor Steingart.
“Never before has a speech by President Obama felt as false as his Tuesday address announcing America’s new strategy for Afghanistan. It seemed like a campaign speech combined with Bush rhetoric– and left both dreamers and ealists feeling distraught.” Steingart does not pull punches by charging the president as delivering “the least truthful address he has ever held. He spoke of responsibility, but almost every sentence smelled of party tactics. He demanded sacrifice, but he was unable to say what it was for exactly.” According to Steingart one comes away from the speech thinking he has just heard former president George Bush deliver one of his rambling exercises in falsehood, but, it was not the Bushman who spoke, but the man who promised the American people he would clean up the Bush/Cheney mess, both economically and diplomaticaly.
Mr. Steingart believes Obama was playing word games by using the rhetoric of defiance even as he spoke the sad words of defeat. “It was a dizzying combination of surge and withdrawal, of marching to and fro. The fast pace was reminiscent of plays about the French Revolution: troops enter from the right to loud cannon, fire and then they exit to the left. And, at the end, the dead are left on stage.”
Perhaps, it takes a foreigner to depict the reality of Obama’s speech. His words echoed those of William Shakespeare: “it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” Unfortunately, only the dead will remember Afghanistan because the average American will go on with his or her life and never even know an American died in that far off land.